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Thursday, 14 May 2020

Valley of the Rocks - stage 1

Valley of the Rocks is the translation of the Navajo name for Monument Valley where this picture is located. I have painted this location before ("Desert Daybreak") but feel that I never gave this view from the road the justice that it deserves so I'm painting it again in a larger format. I am going to paint it like the last picture in this ambiguous day/night lighting that I have developed as it seems to give a magical dreamlike feel. As usual I have composed it with the Rule of Thirds as it gives a satisfying look to the composition.
I "drew" up this stage very simply with a small bristle brush using a mix of Burnt Sienna and Winsor Violet thinned with Liquin in the morning and then when it was dry I applied a glaze of the same colour mix with a rag just to put in some simple tone in the afternoon. I could have started on the sky but I don't want to rush it and prefer to spend tomorrow on the tonal underpainting of the sky area instead. What's the hurry? All this lockdown time makes me less in a hurry and I can be more relaxed with my working time.
Oil on linen 30" x 20".

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